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Rabbi Alexis Berk speaks at Downtown Spirituality Series

November 20, 2009

The Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry, along with the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Catholic Book Store, kicked off First Tuesdays, part of the Downtown Spirituality Series, this Fall.

The series offers a variety of interfaith programs promoting dialogue and understanding on topics of spirituality led by representatives of New Orleans’ Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. Presenters will lead conversations about their spiritual traditions, addressing this year’s theme, “Spirituality in the City.” In February the series welcomes acclaimed author of “Dead Man Walking,” Sister Helen Prejean.

All programs will take place from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., in the Jesuit Church’s Lenes Hall, at 130 Baronne St., in downtown New Orleans. All events are free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Graduate and continuing education credit are available through LIM.

Events include:

  • Dec. 1 – Rabbi Alexis Berk, Touro Synagogue, presents “Don’t Worry, That God You Don’t Believe In Doesn’t Exist.”

  • Jan. 5 – Rabbi Robert Loewy, Gates of Prayer Synagogue, book discussion of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.”

  • Feb. 2 – presentation by Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of “Dead Man Walking” and other notable books.

  • March 2 – The Rev. Jerry Fagin, S.J., associate professor of LIM, book discussion about Ignatian spirituality.

  • April 6 – presentation by Imam Omar Suleiman of Masjid Abu Bakr As-Siddique Mosque.

  • May 4 – Jenny Yanez, Jefferson Muslim Association, book discussion on Muslim spirituality.

All books are available at The Catholic Book Store, 3003 S. Carrollton Ave.

More information is available at lim.loyno.edu/downtown.

For more information on the programs, contact Dr. Tom Ryan, director of LIM, at 504-865-2069 or tfryan@loyno.edu.

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